Fri. Jan 19 2018

Fortune International Announces Senior Level Promotions


DDP Entries Not Affected by New SIMP Requirements, Despite Some Importer Confusion


VIDEO: Shrimp Seized in FL; Fishing Captain Arrested; Japan Sounds Alarm Over Fugu; Sector IX Update


$300K Tuna Sold at Final Tsukiji Fish Market Heads to NYC Sushi Chain  


Sea Otters Ravaging Shellfish in Southeast Alaska  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, January 19


Thu. Jan 18 2018

UK Retailers Express Concerns Over Sustainable Tuna  


Claims of 300 Job Losses Due to Sector IX shutdown Are Overblown  


Coast Guard, NOAA Seize 6,000 Pounds of Illegal Shrimp from Florida Fishing Vessel  


Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market  


Shanghai Sets New Live Seafood Import Record in 2017  


ASMI Educating Chefs About Quality of Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood


Scallop Group Praises NMFS Decisions on Openings, But Still Wants Georges Bank Area as Well  


Open Seat On Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Draws Applicants


Tampa Maid Foods Adds Former Cargill VP of Sales As COO, Executive VP


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, January 18


Wed. Jan 17 2018

Richard Stavis Steps Down as CEO, as Stavis Brings in International Investor with Ties to Argentina


High Liner Foods Restructuring Canadian Operations After COO Jeff O’Neill Exits


North Carolina Congressman Calls for Shrimp to be Included in SIMP  


Florida Keys Commercial Fishing Captain Arrested After Illegally Dumping Lobster Traps  


ADF&G Wants to List Southeast Chinook as a Stock of Concern; Board of Fish Hears Dire Outlook  


CDFW Opens More Areas to Commercial Rock Crab Fishery as Domoic Acid Levels Drop  


NOAA Appoints Kevin Wheeler as New Deputy Chief of Staff


Survey Shows Lobster Recruitment Up Around P.E.I.  


How a Food Additive Could Change Food Safety in Fish


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, January 17


Tue. Jan 16 2018

Jeff Davis Retires From Blue Harvest Fisheries; Keith Decker Named New CEO


European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa  


ANALYSIS: Fresh Chilean Fillet Imports Up YTD, But Overall Fresh Fillet Imports Down  


How Pacific Seafood Became the First Company to Offer BAP 4 Star Oysters  


Kodiak's Tanner Crab Fishery Opens For First Time in 4 Years  


Carrefour's Innovation Brings Lobster, Oyster Delivery to Chinese Online Consumers in One Hour  


Global Fishing Watch Partners With NOAA to End Illegal Fishing in Indonesia


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, January 16


Alaska Salmon Protections Get Enough Signatures for Ballot  


Mon. Jan 15 2018

SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, January 15


Latest Seafood News Podcast Breaks Down Swiss Lobster Rule, New Netflix Series & More


South Atlantic Council Wants Public Input on Management Changes for Atlantic Cobia


Concern for Whales as Northern California Crab Season Opens  


South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia    


Sysco Acquires UK-Based Foodservice Distributor Kent Frozen Foods


Beijing Customs Uncovers Frozen Seafood Smuggling Case Worth Millions  


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Bidding Wars for Limited Gulf Shrimp at the Docks Sends Wholesale Prices Higher in Most Categories 

Bidding wars at shrimp docks across the Gulf of Mexico have wholesale market prices for domestic shrimp trending higher in most categories in September. Processors are scrambling to secure shrimp with availability more limited compared to last year. Total Gulf landings in July were down 36 percent from 2015 and 38 percent from the five-year monthly average. It’s a difference of about 4 million pounds at this point last year. “If you take that many pounds out of circulation and you don’t have substantial inventories going into the season it creates a perfect storm for prices to increase,” said Nello Cassarino, owner of Galveston Shrimp Company in Texas.

About $14 billion worth of cargo is still stranded at sea because of the bankruptcy filing by South Korean shipping line Hanjin. Dozens of Hanjin's ships carrying more than half a million cargo containers have been denied access to ports around the world because of uncertainty about who would pay docking fees, container-storage and unloading bills. Some of those ships have been seized by the company's creditors. Though Hanjin accounts for a small portion of global container capacity, the disruption, which comes as retailers prepare to stock their shelves for the holiday season, is expected to be costly, as companies scramble to book their goods on other carriers. Meanwhile, shipping rates for Asia to US cargo increased as much as 50 percent this week for all shipping lines as the holiday season approaches.

In other news, according to China's Panyu Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, recently 30,000 tilapia brood cultivated in Panyu of Guangzhou have passed the bureau’s examination and been exported to Myanmar. This is the first batch of China’s tilapia brood sold to that country. The broodstock sales to Myanmar are the result of high tilapia production costs in China.

Meanwhile, the West Coast trawl catch shares program five-year review kicked off with a series of public hearings. Susan Chamber reports on some of the common these that have already emerged from the review which include: the non-whiting shoreside sector is underutilizing its allocation, monitoring costs are affecting both processors and fishermen and sablefish has become a constraining species. The Pacific Fishery Management Council will hold more hearings throughout September, accept public comment at its September meeting in Boise, Idaho, and also appoint a Community Advisory Board to discuss the program and develop potential remedies.

Finally, Dr. David Wilson officially took the role as the seventh Executive Director of the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Dr. Bruce Leaman handed over the reins last week after a month of orientation when Wilson was briefed on current research, process, and staff at the IPHC. “One of my goals on this was to leave Dave [Wilson] with as highly functioning an organization as I possibly could,” said Leaman. “He may want to come in and look at things differently, but from a functional perspective I wanted to leave him with the best available.“

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